Remaking of the Ridley Keystone and Mountain

Tompm Mar 6, 2022

  1. Tompm

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    The weathering of the Engine House is complete, and it has been placed on the layout temporarily. When it is placed permanently, I will have to add some height to the foundation son the doors will clear the rails especially once they are resting on roadbed.

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    I fixed the out of plum smokestacks

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    Next structure for the Engine Terminal is the Walthers Cinder Conveyor and Ash Pit.

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    I opened the box to look over the kit’s part. My first reaction is I have quite a few things to paint. The ash pit, concrete foundation, the building, and probably the steel supports. Given the number of colors and the size of the parts I don’t feel firing up the airbrush is warranted. It will be either rattle can or brush.

    I will clean off the parts and most likely give them a quick shot of flat sealer before I start painting.

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    After painting the parts for the cinder conveyor, I began the assembly. Instructions say to build the support column. I thought the coaling tower was annoying at times. This thing took frustration to a level I never knew existed.

    Trying to line up the lattice work between the sides was a hair pulling experience. I managed to break three pieces off just trying to get one piece aligned to the other. After about an hour and a half to two hours, after various thoughts of destroying the model in numerous ways involving throwing, crushing, or stomping I finally got it together.

    Next step is to assemble the shed that goes on top.

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    Even while concentrating on the structure kits, I am still working on the layout.
    Over the past few days, I worked on making a crossover out of #8 turnouts and a 12.5-degree crossover.

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    The big news is I added the Water Tower Diorama into the layout. The location is temporary but I can now run trains past the Water Tower once again.

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    Videos of test run over the Water Tower Diorama



     
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    finally got around to assembling the shed for the ash conveyor.

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    Finished building the Cinder Conveyor and Ash Pit. Next step is weathering.

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    Final photos after weathering

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    I finally installed the temporary inclines at the Water Tower Diorama. The inclines now uniformly lift the track to meet the Water Tower Diorama. The trains are running many times better.

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    I had a chance to fiddle with the yard layout for the engine terminal. After several tries I finally came to something that is very close to what I am looking for. There are still some tweaking to do.

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    After some further thought about the layout I am coming to the conclusion I am not thrilled with the double tracked mainline. Since I don't think I would ever be running more than two trains on the mainline I am considering going with a single track with a passing siding or two. This will give me more room for scenery and yard tracks and industrial sidings. It will also present some operational challenges.

    A quick thought on switches. I am not liking the PECO switches I have. There difficulties with connecting track to them due to the alignment of the ties. I had a couple causing shorts when I was running DCC. I am in the process of removing them. I am looking for simpler things not something that makes things more difficult. As luck would have I stopped in a local hobby shop and they had Atlas #6 Code 100 turnouts. I bought them out.
     
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    Frustration and annoyance are rearing themselves again as I try to figure out this engine terminal layout. The photos below show the latest attempt.

    I am satisfied with the coaling tower and the ash pit track configuration. Currently I don’t believe they will change much in future. The Engine House appears to be in the right place although I wish it could be closer to the coaling tower.

    The Water Tower could move some, but I feel it is almost in the best spot. Now the sand depot and fuel depot are the ones I am most unsure about. The biggest question I have in regard to them is bringing in sand and fuel to off loaded into the depot. The track behind them is my attempt at a solution.

    I am not happy with the amount of real estate the track configuration is taking up. I know I need to remember this is a model railroad and compression is needed and accepted in many cases. I am just having some trouble getting my head around that concept at times. The other area I am hung up on is storing full/empty coal hoppers, gondolas for ash, hoppers for sand, and tank cars. I feel I am thinking too big when it comes to the number of cars that would be at the engine terminal at one time.

    I am interested in your opinions and thoughts.

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    Thanks for sharing your progress. (y)
     
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    No opinion on placement. Opinion on structures is that they look great.
     
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    I know it has been some time since I posted an update on the layout itself.

    I made a drastic change to the engine terminal. I moved the location to the other end of the layout. I think this works better.

    Things are not 100% done but I think this is close. I have several small kits to add such as water column, fueling station, sanding towers. I will be to finalize things more once I have the passenger station in place and some of the city/town done. I am currently working on the passenger station platforms.

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    Time to change things up. I cannot make any further useful progress on the Engine Terminal until I get the passenger station in place. The station will determine the limits of the urban area.

    First step is to build the station platforms. For this I am going to assemble Walthers Cornerstone Butterfly Platform Shelter.

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    Here is what the open box looks like.

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    I used a rattle can to paint the concrete parts and top of the shelter roofs. I airbrushed the supports and underside of the shelter roofs.

    Assemble the stairs.

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    Add the supports and lights to the underside of the shelters. Paint the bottom of the lights.

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    Platforms' assembled and place in approximate location.

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    Benches and signs.

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    Weathered and ready.

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